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APA Citation Style & Formatting

A guide to citing sources and to creating a list of references.

Sample Papers

These links will show you what a student paper done in APA style looks like, including

  • the title page,
  • the abstract,
  • the headers,
  • and the reference list.

You can also see sample papers in the books pictured to the left. Ask a librarian for help locating them.

Creating your References Page

APA formatted papers require a references page after the last page of text in order to provide the reader a guide to the author's in-text citations.

A references page:

  • Contains a citations for every source mentioned in the body of the paper.
  • Is in alphabetical order.
  • Begins on a new page after the last page of the written paper.
  • Has the word References centered at the top of the page.
  • Has each citation indented after the first line.
  • Is double-spaced within and between citations and after the title References.